trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Definition of trader

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
a : merchant
b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders
Recent Examples on the Web Of course, no trader wants to be positioned with options in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Cryptocurrency trader was the top crypto job title in 2021, followed by blockchain developer, and software engineer. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 German police said in June 2020 that Madeleine was assumed dead and that convicted child abuser and drug trader Christian Brueckner was likely responsible for it. Reuters, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 While Xiang stands out as the big short, there’s no single trader or investor on the other end that gets the credit (or blame) for driving prices higher. Jack Farchy,, 29 Mar. 2022 Rebecca Babin, senior energy trader & derivative strategist for the private wealth management division of the Canadian investment bank CIBC, said the busy summer driving season also factors into the problem. Will Daniel, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2022 The subplot of an inside trader who wins the confidence of a source by becoming a sort of surrogate son is believable — and chilling. The Week Staff, The Week, 7 Mar. 2022 Reddit users everywhere had in and out costs near zero; to make money, an active trader just had to get the direction right. Chris Perry, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Carlson, 25, worked in finance as an independent futures trader in Chicago, a job that afforded him a lot of flexibility for travel. Francesca Street, CNN, 14 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

12 May 2022

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“Trader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades
2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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